5 Stocking Stuffers You Need Right Now

 Unsplash / Markus Spiske

Unsplash / Markus Spiske

Stocking stuffers, as many like to call them, are small gifts designed to fit inside a stocking, however, we also use the term to describe small gifts we give to those special people in our lives that are outside of our immediate family and close friends. These people impact our lives on a daily basis like teachers, coworkers, doctors, service providers, etc.. Stocking Stuffers are also great hostess gifts to give this season as many of us will attend an average of 2 holiday parties this season.


According to the National Retail Federation:

  • Shoppers plan on spending around $75 on gifts for friends and around $26 for coworkers.

  • The top gifts female consumers want this year are gift cards, clothing and clothing accessories, books, jewelry, and home décor.    

This shopping guide will provide you with the insight you need to have the perfect assortment of stocking stuffers.

1. Chocolates

Because who doesn’t love chocolate? A gift box of chocolates is a quick and easy way to offer a stocking stuffer for your shopper. Be sure to provide assortments of chocolate that also do not contain nuts to those with nut allergies.

 Unsplash / Jennifer Pallian

Unsplash / Jennifer Pallian

 Unsplash / Yoori Koo

Unsplash / Yoori Koo

2. Mugs

A mug may seem simple, but it will always be used. A coffee lover will greatly appreciate the new addition to their collection, regardless of the color or pattern. Opt for cups with fun sayings and patterns.

 Unsplash / Drew Coffman

Unsplash / Drew Coffman

3. Jewelry

Bracelets and earrings make great stocking stuffers because of their compact size and lightweight. And besides, styles such as hoop earrings or beaded bracelets are versatile for any occasion and universally flattering.  

 ZENZII Wholesale / Glitter Resin

ZENZII Wholesale / Glitter Resin

 ZENZII Wholesale / Chunky Metallic Marbled Hoop Earring

ZENZII Wholesale / Chunky Metallic Marbled Hoop Earring

4. Scarves

Everyone needs a scarf to bundle up with during the holidays! Although fun seasonal prints are ideal for the holidays, make sure to provide a neutral assortment as well. Shoppers will most likely want to gift items that will still be worn after the holidays, so a simple striped scarf without an all-over print of Christmas trees would be the way to go.

 Unsplash / Kelly Sikkema

Unsplash / Kelly Sikkema

5. Candles

The holidays are the best time to gift candles. Holiday-related scents like pine and gingerbread make festive gifts. You also can’t go wrong with the classic scent vanilla, since it’s season-less.

 Yummi Candles / Wholesale Sphere Candle

Yummi Candles / Wholesale Sphere Candle

 Yummi Candles / Wholesale Pillar Candles

Yummi Candles / Wholesale Pillar Candles

PLACEMENT

If you have an online store, it’s important to offer a gift guide of your own. Keep in mind the price points, as you will have people looking for gifts for multiple people. A combination of a curated selection of great gifts and free shipping is a fantastic way to get people to shop online. Since many retailers offer expedited shipping during the holidays, it’s recommended that you do the same and promote it to let your last-minute shoppers know.

If you own a physical shop, it’s important to keep your stocking stuffers close to checkout and entrance. As the holidays get even closer to us, the more traffic you will get for last-minute gifts. If your customer has to dig for a stocking stuffer, chances are they will leave empty-handed. By strategically placing these convenient gifts nearby the register and entrance, the more likely they will come inside, knowing they will waste no time crossing those names off their shopping list!


Suzette WIlson